In an interview with the editor Matthias Winzen, Stephan Balkenhol – who has subjected one of his trademark patiently forbearing figures on this occasion to a “Balancing Act” for the anniversary of German reunification – also maintains that a meaningful monument to commemorate German unity is a tricky enterprise. In the capital, Berlin, not far from Checkpoint Charlie and in front of the high-rise Springer Building, a man wearing a white shirt and black trousers is balancing on a piece of stylized wall that is itself situated at a flashpoint of German post-war history. The book gives an account of this important work’s development in the studio, and serves as a short, yet engrossing, reader on the history of the City of Berlin.
96 pp / 10 b&w and 110 color
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